DP World Tour Player Endures Horror Weekend After Septuple Bogey 12

Spanish pro Santiago Tarrio had a third round to forget at the Irish Open, when he carded an 89 including a 12 at the 16th

Santiago Tarrio in action at the Irish Open
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Santiago Tarrio made the cut at the Horizon Irish Open, but any hopes the Spaniard had of success at the K Club evaporated in a disastrous third round which included four successive balls in the water at the 16th.

Tarrio's bid in Ireland got off to a decent enough start with rounds of 70 & 72, but he ended up 90th after shooting an 89 on the third day when he went around in 17 over par. 

Tarrio's third round began uneventfully enough when he was level par after four holes, but he was six-over at the turn and then started to unravel badly on the back nine when his nightmare included four shots in a row in the water on the 16th. 

Already eight-over-par, including two double bogeys, Tarrio arrived at The K Club’s water-lined par-5 16th, where he managed to drive 287 yards into the fairway and was left with 237 yards. His next shot required a fine approach over water fronting the green to get on in two.

However, the 32-year-old's first attempt only went 210 yards to find the water before he moved forward and dropped from 125 yards. From there, his next shot got wet, with the third and fourth following a similar pattern.

Finally, Tarrio scraped over the water with his 10th shot and got down in two more strokes for a 12 before signing for a 17-over 89 after a par at the last. Tarrio's nightmare has prompted comparisons with the "Tin Cup" film when Roy McAvoy, played by Kevin Costner, put five balls in the water trying to reach the par-5 18th hole in a fictitious version of the US Open and made 12. 

Tarrio's woes meant he finished last in the $6million event, with the Spaniard known for previously hitting an incredible backwards flop shot at last year's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. 

James Nursey

James Nursey is a freelance contributor to Golf Monthly after spending over 20 years as a sports reporter in newspapers. During a 17-year career with the Daily Mirror, he covered mainly football but reported from The Open annually and also covered a Ryder Cup and three US Opens. He counts a pre-tournament exclusive with Justin Rose at Merion in 2013 as one of his most memorable as the Englishman went on to win his first Major and later repeated much of the interview in his winner’s speech.  Now, after choosing to leave full-time work in newspapers, James, who is a keen single-figure player, is writing about golf more.  His favourite track is the Old Course after attending St Andrews University but has since played mainly at Edgbaston, where he is a member. James’ golfing highlights include a hole-in-one and previously winning the club championship and scratch knock-out at Edgbaston. He is also an active member of the Association of Golf Writers and Press Golfing Society, for whom he has represented in matches. But he is just as happy hitting balls or playing the odd hole with his young daughter at their local club Shrewsbury.

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